A bad beginning makes a good ending.
A bad excuse is better than none at all.
A bad husband cannot be a good man.
A bad penny always turns up
A barking dog never bites
A beggar can never be bankrupt.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A burnt child dreads fire.
A cat may look at a king.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
A change is as good as a rest
A cheerful look makes a dish a feast.
A cheerful wife is the joy of life.
A clear conscience is a coat of mail.
A dog is a man's best friend
A drowning man will catch at a straw.
A drunkard's purse is a bottle.
A fault confessed is half redressed.
A fish always rots from the head down
A fool and his money are soon parted
A fool may give a wise man counsel.
A fool may make money, but it takes a wise man to spend it.
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A friend is easier lost than found.
A friend's frown is better than a fool's smile.
A full purse makes the mouth to speak.
A golden key can open any door
A good beginning makes a good ending
A good dog deserves a good bone.
A good husband makes a good wife.
A good man is hard to find
A good name is better than riches.
A good name is sooner lost than won.
A great talker is a great liar.
A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
A heavy purse makes a light heart.
A house divided against itself cannot stand
A house is not a home
A hungry man is an angry man.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step
A leopard cannot change its spots
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
A little learning is a dangerous thing
A little of what you fancy does you good
A man in debt is caught in a net.
A man is as old as he feels.
A man is known by his friends
A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client
A man without reason is a beast in season.
A man's house is his castle.
A miss is as good as a mile
A new broom sweeps clean
A nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse
A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned
A penny saved is a penny gained.
A person is known by the company he keeps
A person is known by the company he keeps
A picture paints a thousand words
A place for everything and everything in its place
A poor workman always blames his tools
A pound of care won't pay an ounce of debt.
A problem shared is a problem halved
A prophet is not recognized in his own land
A rising tide lifts all boats
A rolling stone gathers no moss
A rose between two thorns.
A short cut is often a wrong cut.
A soft answer turneth away wrath
A stitch in time saves nine
A stitch in time saves nine.
A swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly
A thing begun is half done.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever
A trouble shared is a trouble halved
A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men
A watched pot never boils
A wise man changes his mind sometimes, a fool never.
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke
A woman's place is in the home
A woman's work is never done
A wonder lasts nine days.
A word to the wise is enough.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely
Accidents will happen (in the best-regulated families).
Action speaks louder than words.
Actions speak louder than words
Adversity makes strange bedfellows
Advice when most needed is least heeded.
After a storm comes a calm
After a storm comes a calm.
All covet, all lose.
All good things come to he who waits
All good things must come to an end
All is grist that comes to the mill
All is not gold that glitters.
All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.
All publicity is good publicity
All roads lead to Rome
All that glisters is not gold
All that glitters is not gold
All the world loves a lover
All things come to those who wait
All things must pass
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
All you need is love
All's fair in love and war.
All's fish that comes to his net.
All's for the best in the best of all possible worlds
All's well that ends well.
Among the blind the one-eyed man is king.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
An army marches on its stomach
An empty bag will not stand upright.
An Englishman's home is his castle
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
An old bird is not to be caught with chaff.
An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
And a child that's born on the Sabbath day
Another day, another dollar
Any port in a storm
Any port in a storm.
Appearances can be deceptive
Appetite comes with eating.
April is the cruellest month
April showers bring forth May flowers
As a man lives so shall he die.
As thick as thieves
As well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.
As you make your bed, so you must lie upon it
As you sow so shall you reap
As you sow, so you shall reap.
Ashes to ashes dust to dust
Ask a silly question and you'll get a silly answer
Ask much to get little.
Ask no questions and hear no lies
Attack is the best form of defence
Avoid evil and it will avoid thee.
Back again, like a bad penny.
Bad money drives out good
Bad news travels fast
Barking dogs seldom bite
Barking dogs seldom bite.
Be careful what you wish for
Be just before you are generous.
Be not the first to quarrel, nor the last to make it up.
Be sure before you marry, of a house wherein to tarry.
Beat swords into ploughshares
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty is only skin deep
Beggars must not be choosers.
Beggars should not be choosers
Behind every great man there's a great woman
Better be alone than in ill company.
Better be happy than wise.
Better late than never.
Better safe than sorry
Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don't
Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak and remove all doubt
Between the devil and the deep sea.
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts
Beware the Ides of March
Big fish eat little fish
Birds of a feather flock together.
Blessed are the peacemakers
Blood is thicker than water.
Blue are the hills that are far away
Books and friends should be few and good.
Borrowing thrives but once.
Boys will be boys
Brevity is the soul of wit
Bullies are generally cowards.
Business before pleasure
By others' faults wise men correct their own.
By timely mending save much spending.
Caesar's wife must be above suspicion
Call a spade a spade.
Care killed the cat.
Carpe diem (Pluck the day; Seize the day)
Catch not at the shadow and lose the substance.
Catch the bear before you sell his skin.
Catch who catch can.
Charity begins at home
Charity begins at home but should not end there.
Charity covers a multitude of sins
Cheapest is dearest.
Cheaters never win and winners never cheat
Cheats never prosper
Children and fools tell the truth
Children are what you make them.
Children should be seen and not heard
Christmas comes but once a year
Christmas comes but once a year.
Cleanliness is next to godliness
Clothes maketh the man
Cold hands, warm heart
Comparisons are odious.
Count your blessings
Courtesy costs nothing.
Cowards may die many times before their death
Crime doesn't pay
Curses are like chickens, they come home to roost.
Cut your coat according to your cloth.
Cut your coat to suit your cloth
Dead men tell no tales
Dead men tell no tales.
Delays are dangerous.
Devil take the hindmost
Devil take the hindmost.
Different strokes for different folks
Diligence is a great teacher.
Discretion is the better part of valour.
Distance lends enchantment to the view
Distance lends enchantment to the view.
Do as I say, not as 1 do.
Do as you would be done by
Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
Do not cut off your nose to spite your face.
Do not put all your eggs in one basket.
Do not spur a willing horse.
Do not tell tales out of school.
Do unto others as you would have them do to you
Don't bite the hand that feeds you
Don't burn your bridges behind you
Don't cast your pearls before swine
Don't change horses in midstream
Don't count your chickens before they are hatched
Don't cross the bridge till you come to it
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face
Don't get mad, get even
Don't keep a dog and bark yourself
Don't leave your manners on the doorstep
Don't let the bastards grind you down
Don't let the cat out of the bag
Don't let the grass grow under your feet
Don't meet troubles half-way
Don't mix business with pleasure
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
Don't put new wine into old bottles
Don't put the cart before the horse
Don't rock the boat
Don't shoot the messenger
Don't shut the stable door after the horse has bolted
Don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar
Don't sweat the small stuff
Don't teach your Grandma to suck eggs
Don't throw pearls to swine
Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater
Don't trust anyone over thirty
Don't try to run before you can walk
Don't try to walk before you can crawl
Don't upset the apple-cart
Don't wash your dirty linen in public
Doubt is the beginning not the end of wisdom
Each to their own
Early to bed and early to rise Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Easier said than done.
East is east, and west is west
East, west, home's best
Easy come, easy go
Eat to live, but do not live to eat.
Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die
Employment brings enjoyment.
Empty vessels make the most noise
Enough is as good as a feast
Enough is as good as a feast (to one that's not a beast).
Enough is better than too much.
Enough is enough
Even a worm will turn
Every ass loves to hear himself bray.
Every cloud has a silver lining
Every dog has his day.
Every little helps
Every man for himself and God for us all.
Every man for himself, and the Devil take the hindmost
Every man has his price
Every man must carry his own cross.
Every picture tells a story
Every stick has two ends
Every why has a wherefore.
Everyone can find fault, few can do better.
Everyone knows best where the shoe pinches.
Everyone thinks his own burden the heaviest.
Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
Everything comes to him who waits
Everything comes to those who wait.
Example is better than precept.
Exchange is no robbery.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
Experience teaches.
Extremes are dangerous.
Facts are stubborn things.
Failing to plan is planning to fail
Failure teaches success.
Faint heart never won a fair lady.
Faint heart never won fair lady
Fair exchange is no robbery
Faith will move mountains
Fall not out with a friend for a trifle.
Familiarity breeds contempt
Fancy kills and fancy cures.
Feed a cold and starve a fever
Fight fire with fire
Fight the good fight
Finders keepers, losers weepers
Fine feathers make fine birds.
Fine words butter no parsnips
Fingers were made before forks.
Fire is a good servant but a bad master.
First come, first served
First impressions are the most lasting
First things first
Fish always stink from the head down
Fish and guests smell after three days
Flattery brings friends, truth enemies.
Flattery will get you nowhere
Flies are easier caught with honey than with vinegar.
Follow the river and you will find the sea.
Fools build houses and wise men buy them.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
For everything there is a season
For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the man was lost
Forewarned is forearmed.
Forgive and forget
Fortune favours fools.
Fortune favours the brave
Friday's child is loving and giving,
From the sublime to the ridiculous is only one step
Genius is a capacity for taking trouble.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration
Give a dog a bad name and hang him
Give a dog a bad name and hang him.
Give a fool rope enough and he will hang himself.
Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day...
Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself
Give and spend and God will send.
Give credit where credit is due
Give everyone his due.
Give him an inch and he'll take an ell.
Give the Devil his due
Go the extra mile
God helps those who help themselves
God never shuts one door but he opens another.
Good beginnings make good endings.
Good fences make good neighbours
Good talk saves the food
Good things come in small packages
Good things come to those who wait
Good to begin well, better to end well.
Good wine needs no bush.
Grasp all, lose all.
Gratitude is the least of virtues, ingratitude the worst of vices.
Great haste makes great waste.
Great minds think alike
Great profits, great risks.
Great talkers are little doers.
Habit is second nature.
Hail fellow, well met.
Half a loaf is better than no bread
Handsome is as handsome does
Hard cases make bad law
Hard work never did anyone any harm
Haste makes waste
Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
He giveth twice that gives in a trice.
He is idle that might be better employed.
He is richest that has fewest wants.
He knows most who speaks least.
He knows which way the wind blows.
He runs with the hounds and hunts with the hare.
He that by the plough would thrive,
He that comes first to the hill, may sit where he will.
He that doth lend doth lose his friend.
He that goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing
He that goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing.
He that hath thriven may lie till seven.
He that knows little soon repents it.
He that knows nothing, doubts nothing.
He that loves glass without G, Take away L, and that is he.
He that will eat the kernel must crack the nut.
He that will not when he may, When he will he shall have nay.
He that will thrive must rise at five,
He who can does, he who cannot, teaches
He who ceases to pray ceases to prosper.
He who fights and runs away, may live to fight another day
He who hesitates is lost
He who laughs last laughs longest
He who likes borrowing dislikes paying.
He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword
He who pays the piper calls the tune
He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon
He. laughs best that laughs last.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
He's no man who cannot say " No."
Himself must either hold or drive.
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
His bark is worse than his bite.
His heart is in his boots.
History repeats itself
Hold with the hare and run with the hounds - You can't
Home is home, though it never be so homc'y.
Home is where the heart is
Honest men marry soon, wise men not at all.
Honesty is the best policy
Hope is the last thing that we lose.
Hope springs eternal
Hope springs eternal in the human breast.
Horses for courses
Hunger is the best sauce.
If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well
If a man deceive me once, shame on him; if twice, shame on me.
If anything can go wrong, it will
If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again
If fools went not to market bad wares would not be sold.
If God had meant us to fly he'd have given us wings
If ifs and ands were pots and pans there'd be no work for tinkers
If it ain't broke, don't fix it
If life deals you lemons, make lemonade
If the cap fits, wear it
If the mountain will not go to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain.
If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed must go to the mountain
If the shoe fits, wear it
If wishes were horses, beggars might ride.
If you build it they will come
If you cannot make a man think as you do, make him do as you think.
If you can't be good, be careful
If you can't beat em, join em
If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen
If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas
If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself
If you wish for peace, prepare for war
Ignorance is bliss
I'll got, ill spent.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
In for a penny, in for a pound
In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king
In the midst of life we are in death
Into every life a little rain must fall
Is fair and wise and good and gay.
It ain't over till the fat lady sings
It goes without saying
It is a good horse that never stumbles, and a good wife that never grumbles.
It is a long lane that has no turning.
It is always time to do good.
It is an ill wind that blows nobody good.
It is best to be on the safe side
It is better to give than to receive
It is easier to get money than to keep it.
It is easier to pull down than to build.
It is easy to be wise after the event
It is folly to live in Rome, and strive with the Pope.
It is never too late to mend.
It is no use crying over spilt milk.
It never rains but it pours.
It takes a thief to catch a thief
It takes all sorts to make a world
It takes one to know one
It takes two to make a quarrel.
It takes two to tango
It's all grist to the mill
It's an ill wind that blows no one any good
It's better to give than to receive
It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness
It's better to travel hopefully than to arrive
It's never too late
It's no use crying over spilt milk
It's no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted
It's the early bird that catches the worm
It's the empty can that makes the most noise
It's the singer not the song
It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
Jack of all trades and master of none.
Judge not, that ye be not judged
Keep your chin up
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer
Keep your powder dry
Kill not the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Kill two birds with one stone.
Kind words are worth much and cost little.
Kindle not a fire that you cannot put out.
Kindness begets kindness.
Kissing goes by favour.
Know which side your bread is buttered
Knowledge is power.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone
Laughter is the best medicine
Lazy people take the most pains.
Learning makes the wise wiser, but the fool more foolish.
Least said, soonest mended
Lend only what you can afford to lose.
Less is more
Let bygones be bygones
Let not the sun go down on your wrath
Let sleeping dogs lie
Let the buyer beware
Let the cobbler stick to his last.
Let the dead bury the dead
Let the punishment fit the crime
Let well alone
Liars should have good memories.
Life begins at forty
Life is just a bowl of cherries
Life is what you make it
Life's not all beer and skittles
Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
Like father, like son
Like father, like son. Like mother, like daughter.
Little boats must keep the shore, Larger boats may venture more.
Little pitchers have big ears
Little strokes fell great oaks
Little things please little minds
Live and learn
Live and let live.
Live for today for tomorrow never comes
Live not to eat, but eat to live.
Loans and debts make worries and frets.
Look before you leap
Lost time is never found.
Love is blind
Love makes the world go round
Love of money is the root of all evil
Love thy neighbour as thyself
Love will find a way
Make every bargain clear and plain, That none may afterwards complain.
Make hay while the sun shines
Make hay while the sun shines.
Make love not war
Make short the miles, with talk and smiles.
Man does not live by bread alone
Man proposes, God disposes.
Manners maketh man.
Many a little makes a mickle
Many a mickle makes a muckle
Many a true word is spoken in jest
Many are called but few are chosen
Many find fault without an end, And yet do nothing at all to mend.
Many hands make light work
Many straws may bind an elephant.
March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb
March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers
Marriages are made in heaven
Marry in haste, repent at leisure
Masters two, will not do.
Men are as old as they feel; women as old as they look.
Men make houses, women make homes.
Might is right
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow
Misery loves company
Misfortunes never (seldom) come singly.
Moderation in all things
Monday's child is fair of face,
Money doesn't grow on trees
Money is the root of all evil
Money isn't everything
Money makes the mare to go.
Money makes the world go round
Money talks
More haste, less speed
Much cry, little wool. (Great cry, little wool.)
Murder will out.
Music has charms to soothe the savage breast
Nature abhors a vacuum
Nearest is dearest.
Necessity hath no law.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
Needles and pins, needles and pins, When a man's married his troubles begin.
Needs must when the devil drives
Ne'er cast a clout till May be out
Neither wise men nor fools can work without tools.
Never a rose without thorns.
Never cross the bridge until you come to it.
Never dam the bridge that you have crossed.
Never do things by halves.
Never give a sucker an even break
Never go to bed on an argument
Never hit a man when he's down.
Never judge a book by its cover
Never let the sun go down on your anger
Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
Never put off till tomorrow what may be done today.
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
Never say die ! Up man, and try.
Never speak ill of the dead
Never spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar.
Never tell tales out of school
Never too old to learn; never too late to turn.
Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
New brooms sweep clean.
Nine tailors make a man
No gains without pains.
No living man, all things can.
No man can serve two masters
No man is an island
No man is indispensable.
No man is without enemies.
No names, no pack-drill
No news is good news
No news is good news.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
No one knows where the shoe pinches but he who wears it.
No pain, no gain
No rest for the wicked
None so blind as those who will not see.
None so deaf as those who will not hear.
Nothing is certain but death and taxes
Nothing new under the sun
Nothing succeeds like success
Nothing venture, nothing gained or nothing have—win.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Oaks fall when reeds stand.
Of one ill come many.
Of two evils choose the less.
Oil and water don't mix
Old age is a heavy burden.
Old birds are not caught with chaff.
Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
Old wounds soon bleed.
On a long journey even a straw is heavy.
Once a thief, always a thief
Once bitten, twice shy
One can live on a little, but not on nothing.
One cannot die twice.
One fool makes many.
One good turn deserves another
One half of the world does not know how the other half lives
One hand washes the other
One law for the rich and another for the poor
One man's meat is another man's poison
One man's meat is another man's poison.
One may lead a horse to water, but twenty cannot make him drink.
One may sooner fall than rise.
One might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb
One swallow does not make a summer
One Today is worth two Tomorrows.
One volunteer is worth ten pressed men
One year's seeding makes seven years weeding
Only fools and horses work
Opportunity never knocks twice at any man's door
Opposites attract
Other fish to fry.
Out of debt, out of danger.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Out of the frying pan into the fire.
Parsley seed goes nine times to the Devil
Patience is a virtue
Pearls of wisdom
Penny wise and pound foolish
Penny wise, pound foolish.
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
Physician, heal thyself
Pigs grow fat where lambs would starve.
Plaster thick, some will stick.
Possession is nine points of the law
Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely
Practice makes perfect
Practice thrift or else you'll drift.
Practice what you preach
Praise makes good men better and bad men worse.
Presents keep friendships warm.
Prevention is better than cure
Pride and poverty are ill, yet often dwell together.
Pride goes before a fall
Pride goes before a fall.
Pride must (or will) have a fall.
Procrastination is a thief of time.
Procrastination is the thief of time
Punctuality is the politeness of Princes.
Punctuality is the soul of business.
Put not your trust in money; put your money in trust.
Put your best foot forward
Put your own shoulder to the wheel.
Quick believers need broad shoulders.
Quid pro quo
Rain before seven, fine before eleven
Reckless youth makes rueful age.
Red sky at night shepherd's delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning
Revenge is a dish best served cold
Revenge is sweet
Rob Peter to pay Paul
Rome was not built in a day.
Rome wasn't built in a day
Rumour is a great traveller.
Saturday's child works hard for its living,
Save me from my friends.
Saying is one thing, doing another.
Scratch my back and I will scratch yours.
Second thoughts are best.
See a pin and let it lie, You're sure to want before you die.
See a pin and pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, bad luck you'll have all day
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
Seeing is believing
Seek and ye shall find
Set a thief to catch a thief
Set not your loaf in till the oven is hot.
Share and share alike
She's the cat's mother.
Show me a liar and I'll show you a thief.
Shrouds have no pockets
Silence gives consent.
Silence is golden
Sink or swim.
Six of one and half dozen of the other.
Skill is stronger than strength.
Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Slow and sure.
Slow but sure
Small beginnings make great endings.
Soft words break no bones.
Soft words win hard hearts.
Softly, softly, catchee monkey
Some men are wise and some are otherwise.
Sometimes the best gain is to lose.
Soon hot, soon cold.
Sooner said than done.
Spare the rod and spoil the child
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
Speak as you find
Speak little but speak the truth.
Speak softly and carry a big stick
Speak well of your friends, and of your enemy nothing.
Speaking without thinking is shooting without aim.
Speech is silver, silence is golden.
Spilt salt is never all gathered.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me
Still waters run deep
Strike while the iron's hot.
Study the past if you would divine the future.
Stupid is as stupid does
Success has many fathers, while failure is an orphan
Suspicion is the bane of friendship.
Sympathy without relief is like mustard without beef.
Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves
Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves.
Talk is cheap
Talk of the devil and he'll appear.
Talk of the Devil, and he is bound to appear
Tell the truth and shame the Devil
That which does not kill us makes us stronger
That which is evil is soon learnt.
That which proves too much proves nothing.
The age of miracles is past
The apple never falls far from the tree
The best defence is a good offence
The best is the enemy of the good
The best of friends must part.
The best things in life are free
The best-laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley
The bigger they are, the harder they fall
The bigger, the better
The biter bit.
The bottom line is the bottom line
The boy is father to the man
The bread always falls buttered side down
The cat is fain the fish to eat, but hath no will to wet her feet.
The child is the father of the man
The cobbler always wears the worst shoes
The company makes the feast.
The course of true love never did run smooth
The customer is always right
The darkest hour is just before the dawn
The darkest hour is nearest the dawn.
The Devil is in the details
The devil is not so black as he is painted.
The Devil looks after his own
The devil lurks behind the cross.
The Devil makes work for idle hands to do
The early bird catches the worm
The end justifies the means
The exception proves the rule.
The exception which proves the rule
The fat is in the fire
The female of the species is more deadly than the male
The fountain is clearest at its source.
The fruit does not fall far from the tree
The game is not worth the candle.
The goat must browse where she is tied.
The good die young
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
The habit does not make the monk.
The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world
The heart sees farther than the head.
The husband is always the last to know
The labourer is worthy of his hire
The last straw breaks the camel's back.
The law is an ass
The leopard does not change his spots
The less people think, the more they talk.
The longest journey starts with a single step
The love of a woman and a bottle of wine, Are sweet for a season but last for a time.
The master's eye fattens the horse.
The more the merrier
The more things change, the more they stay the same
The morning sun never lasts the day.
The nearer the church the farther from God.
The only good Indian is a dead Indian
The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings
The pen is mightier than sword
The pot calls the kettle black.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance
The proof of the pudding is in the eating
The public pays with ingratitude.
The Queen can do no wrong.
The Queen never dies.
The receiver is as bad as the thief.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions
The shoemaker's son always goes barefoot
The squeaking wheel gets the grease
The stone that lieth not in your way need not offend you.
The strength of a chain is its weakest link.
The tongue ever turns to the aching tooth.
The truth will out
The unexpected always happens.
The wages of sin is death
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach
The whole is greater than the sum of the parts
The wise make jests and the fool repeats them.
The wish is father to the thought.
The world is a staircase; some are going up, some are coming down.
There are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it.
There are more foolish buyers than foolish sellers.
There are more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream
There are more ways to kill a dog than by hanging him.
There are none so blind as those, that will not see
There are two sides to every question
There but for the grace of God, go I
There could be no great ones if there were no little.
There is a " But " in everything.
There is a salve for every sore.
There is no true love without jealousy.
There is no venom like that of the tongue.
There's a time and a place for everything
There's always more fish in the sea
There's an exception to every rule
There's honour among thieves
There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle
There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip.
There's more than one way to skin a cat
There's no accounting for tastes
There's no fool like an old fool
There's no place like home
There's no smoke without fire
There's no such thing as a free lunch
There's no such thing as bad publicity
There's no time like the present
There's none so blind as those who will not see
There's none so deaf as those who will not hear
There's nowt so queer as folk
There's one born every minute
There's safety in numbers
There's safety in numbers.
They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind
They who only seek for faults find nothing else.
Third time lucky
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
Those who do nothing generally take to shouting.
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Those who make the best use of their time have none to spare.
Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
Thou shalt not kill
Throw a sprat to catch a whale.
Thursday's child has far to go,
Time and tide wait for no man
Time cures more than the doctor.
Time flies
Time flies.
Time is a great healer
Time is money
Time is money.
Time is the best counsellor.
Time will tell
'tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all
Tit for tat is fair play.
To be born with a silver spoon in the mouth.
To err is human; to forgive divine
To err is human; to forgive divine.
To every thing there is a season
To forget a wrong is the best revenge.
To kill two birds with one stone.
To know the disease is half the cure.
To look for a needle in a haystack.
To make one hole to stop another.
To make two bites at one cherry.
To put the cart before the horse.
To scare a bird is not the best way to catch it.
To stir up a hornet's nest.
To take the chestnut out of the fire with the cat's paw.
To the victor go the spoils
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive
Tomorrow is another day
Tomorrow never comes
Too many cooks spoil the broth
Too much of one thing is good for nothing.
Train a tree when it is young.
Tread on a worm and it will turn.
True love never grows old.
Trust but not too much.
Trust dies because bad pay poisons him.
Truth is stranger than fiction
Truth will out
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Turn over a new leaf.
Two blacks do not make a white.
Two blacks don't make a white
Two eyes see more than one.
Two heads are better than one
Two is company, but three's a crowd
Two is company, three is none.
Two wrongs don't make a right
Undertake no more than you can perform.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Union is strength.
Variety is the spice of life
Vice is its own punishment, virtue its own reward.
Virtue is its own reward
Walls have ears
Walls have ears.
Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs
Wash your dirty linen at home.
Waste makes want.
Waste not want not
We are such stuff as dreams are made on.
We can live without our friends, but not without ovr neighbours.
Wedlock is like a place besieged; those within wish to get out, those without wish to get in.
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Well begun is half done.
What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody.
What can't be cured must be endured
What cost nothing is worth nothing.
What goes up must come down
What is learnt in the cradle lasts to the tomb.
What is one man's meat is another man's poison.
What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
What is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
What man has done man can do.
What the eye does not admire the heart does not desire.
What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over
What the eyes don't see the heart does not grieve for.
What the heart thinketh the tongue speaketh.
What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts
Whatever you are be a man.
What's done can't be undone.
What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander
When a man is going down the hill everyone will give him a push.
When in Rome do as the Romans do.
When money's taken freedom's forsaken.
When poverty comes in at the door love flies out of the window.
When rogues fall out honest men come into their own.
When the cat's away the mice will play
When the going gets tough, the tough get going
When the oak is before the ash, then you will only get a splash; when the ash is before the oak, then you may expect a soak
When the wine is in, the wit is out.
When thine neighbour's house doth burn, be careful of thine own.
When two friends have a common purse, one sings and the other weeps.
When wits meet sparks fly out.
Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
Where there is nothing to lose there is nothing to fear.
Where there is smoke there is fire.
Where there's a will there's a way.
Where there's muck there's brass
While the grass grows the horse starves.
While there's life there's hope
Who chatters to you will chatter of you.
Who judges others condemns himself.
Who knows most says least.
Who spends more than he should, shall not have to spend when he would.
Who will bell the cat ?
Who will not hear must be made to feel.
Whom the Gods love die young
Whom the gods love die young.
Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
Wilful waste makes woeful want.
Wine and wenches empty men's purses.
Women and children first
Wonders will never cease
Words are wind, but blows are unkind.
Work expands so as to fill the time available
Worrying never did anyone any good
You are never too old to learn
You are what you eat
You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family
You can have too much of a good thing
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
You cannot eat your cake and have it.
You cannot get blood out of a stone.
You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
You cannot see the wood for the trees.
You cannot shoe a running horse.
You cannot teach old dogs new tricks.
You can't get blood out of a stone
You can't get blood out of a turnip
You can't have your cake and eat it too
You can't hold with the hare and run with the hounds
You can't judge a book by its cover
You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear
You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs
You can't make bricks without straw
You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
You can't take it with you [when you die]
You can't teach an old dog new tricks
You can't win them all
You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
You never know till yow have tried.
You pays your money and you takes your choice
You reap what you sow
You win some, you lose some
Young men think old men fools; old men know young men to be so.
Youth and age will never agree.
Youth is wasted on the young
Youth lives on hope, old age on remembrance.
Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse.




Explanation for Student Compendium
File Includes
A shortened form of a word or phrase.
ANU - Australian National University
An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from the first letter (or first few letters) of each word in a phrase or title. Sometimes, the newly combined letters create a new word that becomes a part of everyday language. An example of this is the acronym radar. Also includes Mnemonics
a word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical. Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words * Priest = Sacerdotal

Types of animals, Sounds the make, Where do they live, Collective names of animals

Apes - gibber, Camel live in Australia, Sahara & Arabia, names = Bull - is called a heifer

a word opposite in meaning to another (e.g. bad - good ).

Opposites = Absent - present

Big_Words for small
Small word with big word alternative
Anger - Dudgeon * bold - Audacious

A feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify them

A partner in crime - accomplice

Words pertaining to the church

A passage between the pews in a church - Aisle

Similar sounding words with different meanings also Homonyms

Council, an administrative or advisory body, do not confuse with counsel, advice or guidance.

All about communication see also A History of Communication
All computer terms (ASCII, Binary, Unicode)

Names given to certain towns or countries includes facts about climate

Aberdeen - The Granite City The Torrid Zone has the hottest climate Zinc - Mexico, U.S.A., Spain

Words pertaining to death

Occurring after death - posthumous

A diminutive person is short and small. A diminutive wordis a "cute" version of a word or name: for example, "duckling" is a diminutive of "duck" and Billy is a diminutive form of the name William

Cask - casket   

Famous world discoveries of countries continents, includes Australian discoverers

Matthew Flinders -discovered Bass Strait. * Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1908

Explanation of a word, words in literal expressions denote what they mean according to common or dictionary usage

Aloof -To keep to oneself and not mix with others.

Gender list of male female

Actor - Actress

Countries of the world and Geographical facts

The Circumference of the earth is approxinmately 24,800 miles.

List of gods and goddesses

War - Mars

Australian and UK government with words denoting government

Australian Government

Explains grammar syntax and verbs adjectives nouns etc.

Explains various uses of nouns verbs etc.

The art of living together includes senses, elements, cardinal numbers, cardinal virtues

THE ART OF LIVING - Consideration for the feelings of others

Alphabetical list of the most important inventions

Clock (pendulum) - Christian Huygens

List of kings and queens of Britain with facts and information

EGBERT 827 - 839

Practical list of  words explained in a sentence or phrase

A book in which the events of each day are recorded - Diary

Words pertaining to marriage included anniversary gifts

A hater of marriage - misogamist

Medical terms in use today

A disease confined to a particular district or place - endemic

Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated

Sounds that things make, description of various venues or habitats, special calendar dates, Aussie slang words, Mnemonics

All Fools' Day - 1st April - Aussie slang - sounds that things make etc.

Names of persons or things, occupations, and a description of word meanings i.e. Terrestrial = Earth

Various names explained Bird of night - Owl

Words connected to nature

A four-footed animal - quadruped

a word or statement that expresses denial, disagreement, or refusal

That which cannot be pierced or penetrated - impenetrable

Explanation of nouns, COMMON Nouns, PROPER Nouns, COLLECTIVE  Nouns and ABSTRACT Nouns.

sit - seat (when to use Nouns)

Numbers of animals things i.e. A number of Cattle = herd

A number of fish taken in a net - catch, haul

a person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or something else.

Unable to read - il-literate

Special days, Aussies slang and any other items not covered in this list

Any other items that might be of interest

List of Patron Saints

St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland

Noctiphobia - Fear of the night

A list of places A place where bees are kept = apiary

A place where fishes are kept - aquarium

The case which is used to show possession is called the possessive case or genitive case. In case of nouns, an apostrophe is used to show it.

Is the case which denotes the owner or possessor

All Prefixes

List of various professions

The commander of a fleet - Admiral

Famous proverbs A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A bad beginning makes a good ending.

Serious Quotes and some Witty funny one liners

Someone has glued my pack of cards together...I cannot deal with it!

Famous sayings

as a drowned rat. - as ancient as the sun—as the stars.

List of words used in Science or Art

An instrument for detecting earthquakes - seismograph

Explanation of scientific items like barometer

The science of land management - agronomics

The seven wonders of the ancient world with explanations

The Pyramids of Egypt

Words to use as a Simile which is a phrase that describes one thing in terms of another.  A simile usually begins with like or as.

Archates - a good friend * Belt = to hit below the belt

List of words or phrases that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another 

abandon....... desert, forsake, leave.

Understanding words, Incorrect Use of Words,

Thesaurus of Words
Thesaurus - abandon = abandoned, abandoning, abandonment, abandons affluent =having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value,words explained and incorrect use of words

The floor was dirt.  Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." 

Words used in war

Nations carrying on warfare - belligerents

Anniversary dates and wedding information

Words shown in noun or verb

strong - strengthen

Signs of the Zodiac

Please note there are some excellent links to assist with these pages

see at the end for the links for further information. 

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